House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 1 pass House and Senate and head to the Governor

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Senate passed House Bill 5, sponsored by House Floor Majority Floor Leader Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, House Appropriation and Finance Committee Chairwoman Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, Rep. Christine Trujillo, House Education Committee Chairman Rep. G. Andres Romero, and House Appropriation and Finance Committee Vice Chairman Roberto "Bobby" J. Gonzales. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart, Gay G. Kernan, and Sen. William Soules . Both bills create programs designed to combat habitual truancy and other factors that place students at-risk of academic failure.

House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 1 are mirror bills that both amend the Public School Code to make changes to the public school funding formula. The bill also creates a public education reform fund to address issues in response to the recent court decision in the consolidated Yazzie v. State of New Mexico and Martinez v. State of New Mexico cases. House Bill 5 was amended on the floor to lengthen the rural and small school size adjustment phase outs and addresses the age cap.

“This historic investment into public education is the bold change our state and children need,” said House Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque). “We can no longer afford to wait to make these investments; we must fully fund public education now. This historic investment into public education is a major step forward for our children and the education moonshot they deserve.”

“As lawmakers, it is our duty to ensure that our children receive a quality education,” said House Education Committee Chairman, Rep. G. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque). “This will give our kids the educational foundation they deserve. We have a responsibility to fully fund education while also ensuring accountability of taxpayer dollars. This historical investment will positively affect every child in our state and I look forward to seeing this bill signed into law.”

The general fund appropriation for funding public education is $3.25 billion, an increase of $449 million or 16% over FY 19. House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 1 now heads to the Governor for further consideration.